3 Buffalo Bills safety options in top of 2023 NFL Draft

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Buffalo Bills, Antonio Johnson
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Buffalo Bills safety options in 2023 NFL Draft: Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M

Antonio Johnson has great size at 6’3” and weighing 195 pounds.  Couple that with a 4.48 speed and he’s got all the physical gifts to be a solid day one starter.

In a previous article, I wrote about the versatility of offensive lineman, Cody Mauch, and the love the Bills have for players that possess this skill.  Well, Johnson is another one of those players that possess great versatility, where he can play both safety and corner positions, including the slot.  At Texas A&M, the Aggies even had him lined up as a linebacker on occasion.

There are two things that have stood out to me when reviewing multiple scouting reports on Johnson.  One is his willingness to hit in run support.  He shows a desire to come down into the box and deliver a hit, knows how to tackle and is a reliable in that area as well.

The second point I’ve read a great deal about, is his football smarts.  NFLDraftBuzz.com referred to him as a “coach on the field”. Between his intelligence and versatility, I can see McDermott and Beane making Johnson their first-round selection.  He possesses the smarts, versatility and willingness to tackle, all traits that the Bills organization covets in their players, particularly the safeties.